Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel


D. Brent Smith


Lengthening Our Stride, LDS, gospel, global Church

Document Type

Book Review


Lengthening Our Stride: Globalization of the Church, published in January 2018 by the BYU Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, builds upon the landmark 4 April 1974 address of President Spencer W. Kimball to LDS regional representatives in which he, in the initial months of his presidency, called upon the Church and its leaders to “lengthen our stride” and “enlarge our vision” in taking the gospel to “all nations.” Edited by Reid L. Neilson, assistant Church historian, and Wayne D. Crosby, director of Global Support and Acquisitions in the Church History Department, the book includes twenty-one addresses presented in connection with annual conferences of the LDS International Society from 2006 to 2015, a BYU-based organization founded in 1989 that now has almost three thousand members, of which approximately 70 percent are Americans who have been engaged as expatriates in corporate and professional activities in the world abroad. (A collection of twenty previous International Society addresses presented at annual conferences from 1998 to 2005, Global Mormonism in the 21st Century, was edited by Reid Neilson and published in 2008 by the BYU Religious Studies Center.)